You might think Mumford & Sons take themselves seriously, but, in reality, they’re not afraid to take the mick out of themselves – as they’ve shown on numerous occasions. The band have just announced a UK arena tour for this December – you can get tickets via O2 Priority now – and on this evidence we wouldn’t be surprised if it featured yet more comic digs at themselves.
Most recently, the group appeared on Jimmy Kimmel as fictional ‘90s boy band Mumtown. In a mockumentary about the group, Marcus Mumford is called “Marcy Marcus”, their songs are called things like ‘Package 4-U’ and ‘OMGUHOT’, and the band ditch their new leather for backwards baseball caps and letterman jackets.
Outside of the band, Winston Marshall has dabbled in techno and has cited Simian Mobile Disco as his inspiration. So far, so credible. That is until you hear the name for the ill-fated project – The Floppy Disc Jockey. Oh, Winston.
Back in 2012, Mumfords did away with typical support acts and instead took something slightly morespectacular on the road with them. Piff The Magic Dragon – a magician dressed as a dragon – was one of the supports, but best of all was Mr Piffles, the World’s First Levitating Chihuahua.
The Vaccines and Mumford & Sons have long been mates, so it was no surprise that some of the band’s members teamed up on their very own supergroup. Justin Young and Winston Marshall brought some fun to their new project, though, as they christened it Salvador Dali Parton and wore dresses on stage as they performed in Nashville.
For the video for ‘Hopeless Wanderer’, the London band brought in a team of Hollywood A-listers to play them, tweed, bushy beards, banjos and all. Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Ed Helms and Will Forte rose to the challenge admirably.
The video for ‘The Wolf’ was also a chance for Mumfords to show off their comedic streak. This time, the band themselves starred, dressing up as Robin Hood, a fox and chicken, and a bride as they ran around Bonnaroo festival completely unnoticed by fans.
All the way back in 2009, Marcus Mumford set up his own Richard and Judy-style book club in a bid to read more and improve the band’s writing. It would be easy to fall into the trap of pretention, but as Marcus admitted in the opening post, “I’m not vastly original”.
Whilst riding the wave of success in America in 2012, the band could easily have started believingtheir own hype. But instead of making grand claims about being the best band the world had ever seen, Ben Lovett told reporters Mumfords were in fact just a “poor man’s version of The Beatles.”
Maybe to prove that point, the band also took part in an SNL sketch where they played a Beatlestribute band called Hey Dude. The fictional London pub band performed at a “bachelor party” hosted by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Earlier this year, Mumfords returned to SNL to promote latest album ‘Wilder Mind’. The episode was hosted by Empire actor Taraji Nelson, and in a promo for the show, the bandpretended to be her stepsons. “The Empire is mine, mumma?” asked Marcus Mumford, as Nelson cupped his face.